I had a little boy home from school sick yesterday. Boredom quickly set in after he stopped throwing up. We headed outside to pick up leaves one last time (if I ever get around to raking them up) and found some gems for a really fun art project.
For this art project kids do a crayon resist using white crayons and watercolors. You can also do this with other colors of crayons, but I think the white on white paper is so magical to kids. You have to try this just to see your child's reaction when they start to paint!
Help your child hold the paper down so that it doesn't move around much. I also did a little bit more rubbing for him because you really want the leaf rubbings to work or it isn't as cool. After he did the first rubbings, I did all the others because the painting was just too much fun and that was all he wanted to get to.
I let my kids chose their colors, but next time I might just put out autumn colors. I really liked all the blue he chose and thought it was a relaxing piece of art, but I was going for more of an autumn feel.
Remember me saying not to use regular paper with watercolor? Well, this type of art doesn't allow for watercolor paper so let them soak up the typing paper and then lay flat to dry. It doesn't dry nice and straight, but would still look nice in a frame.
Let me know if you have tried this before and any pointers you have. This was a last minute idea and I wasn't sure if it would work. I am pleased that it did.